30th May 1944. In the middle of the night, Libby Clark is roused from sleep by a colleague in distress. Marvin s cousin Frannie has been charged with treason, and he hopes that Libby, with her clear-headed scientific mind, can find a way to help prove her innocence. Read more...
30th May 1944. In the middle of the night, Libby Clark is roused from sleep by a colleague in distress. Marvin s cousin Frannie has been charged with treason, and he hopes that Libby, with her clear-headed scientific mind, can find a way to help prove her innocence. Libby, a chemist at a secret World War II facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, agrees to help her friend and pursue the truth.
Libby s investigations soon uncover the immoral Dr Hansrote, who has tricked Frannie into her treachery. But, the evil at Oak Ridge seems to run deeper and in Libby s determination to uncover the truth, she not only finds herself up against the authorities, but also caught in the crosshairs of a deadly cabal of indoctrinated spies, greedy opportunists and unscrupulous collaborators.
Can Libby survive the confluence of challenges? Or will one of them fashion a trap she cannot escape?
- ISBN-13: 9780727886156
- ISBN-10: 0727886150
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers
- Publish Date: August 2016
- Page Count: 224
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Series: Libby Clark Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-13
- Reviewer: Staff
At the outset of Fanning’s clunky sequel to 2014’s Scandal in the Secret City, Libby Clark, a chemist who’s part of a secret government program in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to enrich uranium, is awakened one night in the spring of 1944 by one of her colleagues, Marvin Gray. The bashful Marvin, a fellow member of a select group of do-gooding scientists called the Walking Molecules, confides that a cousin of his, Frannie Snowden, who works as a switchboard operator at Oak Ridge, has been accused of giving secrets to the enemy. Convinced of Frannie’s innocence, Marvin asks Libby to help clear Frannie’s name by investigating the man who duped Frannie into participating in seditious acts. Things turn grim when Marvin goes missing. Dodging the authorities while hiding Frannie and trying to winkle out a spy leads to disastrous results for Libby and the Walking Molecules assisting her. An interesting setting is unable to rescue the story from its unconvincing plot, cardboard characters, and stilted dialogue. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel & Goderich. (Aug.)